Review: Pixi Glow Tonic with 5% Glycolic Acid

What is it – Glow Tonic with 5% Glycolic Acid by Pixi Beauty

What it claims to do –

• Refines the appearance of pores

• Gently accelerates cell renewal to reveal a brighter, glowing complexion

• Balances heals and soothes for radiant, healthier-looking skin

Ingredients – Glycolic Acid (5%), Aqua/Water/Eau,Sodium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Hexylene Glycol, Fructose, Glucose, Sucrose, Urea, Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Hexyl Nicotinate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Biotin, Panthenol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, Caramel, Hexyl Cinnamal, Red 4 (CI 14700)

Broadcaster: Maimoonah Hassan (moonymadness07)

Broadcaster Verdict: I started using the Pixi Glycolic Acid back in late 2015 – when the brand wasn’t even available on any of the mainstream platforms in India. Being a skincare noob then, I had no idea what glycolic acid was or how it worked. I just knew it was something that worked fantastically. So I bought it. Initially, I would use it every day (as it says on the bottle) but it was only after 2018 did I actually start to understand the ingredients and how they worked. My first impressions of the Glow Tonic were that it definitely gave my skin better texture, and made it
brighter than before. It also lightened any hyperpigmentation I had on my skin. And in short, my skin looked and felt amazing! While the initial use of the Pixi toner elated my skin, overtime the daily exfoliating action only sensitized my already dry/sensitive skin. So I started using it less and even gave it all up in the middle. In 2019, when I was diagnosed with PCOS and started having the most awful breakouts, I divulged into the skincare world. I read about ingredients, how they work, the antagonists, everything. And now since I’ve hopped on to the retinol train (which is why my skin seems red in the photo. Also purging), I have new found love for my Pixi Glycolic Acid. Currently, I’m using it only once a night, and I make sure to hydrate my skin really well afterwards. And people, don’t skip that sunscreen!

#HolyGrail? Without a doubt.


Broadcaster: Eesha Kokane (thevitamin_e)

Broadcaster Verdict: I hate to admit it, but I bought the Pixi glow tonic purely because it was and unfortunately still is the most popular exfoliating toner. I bought it and started using without inspecting the ingredient list and I still regret it to this day! Not only does it have a fragrance but it also has these irritating ingredients—Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellol, Limonene, Linalool. The purpose of this product is to exfoliate your skin using glycolic acid, that’s why it shouldn’t be paired with the harsh and sensitising ingredients mentioned above. That being said, if you still want to use this product make sure you don’t make the same mistake I made. I used this toner every day, and that’s where I went wrong. I was a beginner to chemical exfoliation and I definitely overdid it. It broke me out SO bad and it took a couple of months to undo the damage. So if you start using this product, start by using it only once a week and then maybe start using it 3-4 times a week. So to conclude I wouldn’t buy this product again, I’ll stick to my (fragrance-free) exfoliating serums!


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